Prisoners’ Education Trust hails Charlie Taylor’s vision of smaller, more local ‘secure schools’.

9 Feb 2016

Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) welcomed Charlie Taylor’s interim report of his review of the Youth Justice System.

Rod Clark, Chief Executive, PET said:

“Secure Schools may sound similar to Michael Gove’s predecessor’s idea of Secure Colleges, but this interim report by Charlie Taylor makes clear that the two couldn’t be more different. And that is a very good thing.

A Secure College was a large institution using economies of scale to house children far away from their communities and families. We, and many others, argued that all the evidence pointed the other way – to smaller, more localised, high quality establishments being more effective. It is therefore heartening to read Taylor’s vision for Secure Schools to be exactly that.

Taylor reports that staff shortages and rising levels of violence are preventing the new 30 hour education regime from being delivered, with most children only receiving 17 hours. It is clear that urgent steps need to be taken to address these issues in the short term, as Taylor’s vision for Secure Schools is being developed as a longer term solution.”

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For interviews, photos or further information please contact Rod Clark, / 07876 385143 or Nina Champion,  / 0780 3011358 or visit

About Us

Since 1989, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) has supported prisoners to engage in rehabilitation through learning. The charity does this by providing advice and funding for approximately 2,000 people per year for distance learning courses in subjects and levels not generally available in prisons. PET also carries out research, informed by prisoner learners, to improve prison education policies.

We are currently looking at education in the youth estate and recently held an academic symposium on the issue, including a speech by Charlie Taylor. For more details: